A recent report published by the Education Commission in September presents stark statistics: If everything remains business as usual, by 2030, half of the world’s youth will not have the basic high school level skills to succeed in the world of work. Out of these 800 million youth, the bulk will live in low- and middle-income countries, where it is estimated that only one in 10 young people will have the basic skills needed for a successful future. Faced with such a challenge, the global education field has taken huge steps in bringing the issue to the attention of the international community, a move seconded by the Obama administration. The incoming administration will be responsible for building upon this foundation and ensuring that access to strong, quality education systems for children and youth around the world remains a priority for U.S. leadership.
On November 16, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and the Global Campaign for Education-U.S.hosted a post-election discussion on recommendations for the new administration on global education. This event included a moderated discussion on the most formidable challenges in global education and what the U.S. can do to address them.
After the session, panelists took audience questions.